Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Arts lecturer paints choristers singing for their supper

By Patrick Nelson

Painter and singer Henry Smith singing with the angels

Charles Darwin University lecturer Henry Smith combined his passion for art and music in an exhibition of portraits that opened in Alice Springs recently.

Mr Smith, the Visual Arts lecturer at Alice Springs campus, spent several months painting and drawing 38 members of the popular part-time community choir Asante Sana.

"They're realist portraits of the choristers singing a note," he said.

"Originally I was going to depict everyone with their eyes closed, but it didn't work; I couldn't have people looking like they were asleep."

Mr Smith, who has been a tenor in the choir for the past four years, said the idea for the "Singing for Their Supper" series came to him last year during practise.

"For many of us, including me, the act of singing is such an uplifting experience. We sense elation, a bit like singing with the angels," he said.

The exhibition, housed in the Central Australian Art Society's Art Shed in Crispe Street, runs until late September.